Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law & Equality Summer Internship 2017

The Korematsu Center will be hiring one or two law students to be interns during the summer of 2017. The internships will be available to students who will be 2Ls or 3Ls in the fall of 2017. Students will work on the Center's civil rights issues, which has in the past included researching, drafting, and filing briefs in federal and state appellate courts, as well as researching and drafting reports on policy matters. Students will receive intensive feedback on their work from attorneys in the Center. It is anticipated that students will be able to participate in conference calls, strategy sessions, and edit meetings, as well as to meet members of the local bench and bar involved in issues connected with the Center's work.

It is expected that interns will work at least full-time (35 hrs/wk) for a minimum of ten weeks at the Korematsu Center, beginning in May or June. However, in limited instances, law students may be permitted to work part-time or for slightly fewer weeks. Applicants should specify in their applications whether they intend to work full- or part-time or whether ten weeks or fewer. Interested students should be comfortable working independently.

Funding Your Internship

The Korematsu Center cannot itself fund any summer internships. However, public service fellowships may be available through individual law schools. The Korematsu Center is happy to cooperate with school programs that provide academic credit for the internships. We are not able, however, to provide matching funds for work-study programs.

PLEASE NOTE: SU Law students applying for PILF summer grants must have interviewed with potential employers by March 24. If you wish to be considered for a PILF grant, please submit your application as soon as possible and indicate your funding requirements in your cover letter or email so we can schedule an interview for the week of March 20.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for a summer 2017 internship, please provide the following to Liz Guinn, Administrator of the Korematsu Center, by email,; in person in the Korematsu Center; or at Seattle University School of Law, 901 12th Ave., Sullivan Hall, Seattle, WA 98122-1090, by April 2, 2017:

  1. Cover letter addressed to Prof. Bob Chang, Executive Director, Korematsu Center and Prof. Lorraine K. Bannai, Director, Korematsu Center
  2. Resume
  3. Law School transcript
  4. Writing Sample (no more than ten pages' length)
  5. References - It would be most useful if you are able to list one of your Legal Writing Professors as a reference.

You can learn more about the Korematsu Center and its work on the law school's webpage at In addition, please feel free to contact Professor Bannai,, or Staff Attorney Melissa Lee,